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Nationwide Children’s Hospital Plans to Extend Healthcare to More Children in Central Ohio Area through a Pilot with HealthSpot

Grant-funded pilot program enables Nationwide’s Children’s providers to see more children via HealthSpot’s cutting-edge telehealth system


Columbus, OH - 5/7/2013

HealthSpot™, a pioneer in telehealth technology, has teamed up with Nationwide Children’s Hospital, one of the largest and most respected children’s hospitals in the nation, to expand access to affordable healthcare to more children via four HealthSpot Station units in and around Columbus, Ohio.

The HealthSpot Station is an 8- by 5-foot private, walk-in medical kiosk that features high-definition videoconferencing and interactive digital medical devices. Each is furnished with a desktop touchscreen, audio system, two-way video screen, and is spacious enough to accommodate parent(s) and their kids during a true-to-life “virtual visit” that brings patients face-to-face with medical professionals from Nationwide Children’s Hospital.

"HealthSpot’s solution shows how technology can be used to make care affordable, convenient and effective," said HealthSpot CEO and founder Steve Cashman. "It is truly rewarding for us to partner with Nationwide Children’s to extend that care to the children that need it most right here in our own hometown.”

Cashman noted that the Nationwide Children’s partnership is a “critical step” for HealthSpot’s ongoing effort to build a national network of HealthSpot Stations in retail and community locations, with provider services from the nation’s top health systems.  The 6-month Nationwide Children’s HealthSpot pilot will provide the hospital an opportunity to develop infrastructure and test the kiosk technology with the pediatric population.  It will expand access to pediatric health care providers in an efficient manner.

“The HealthSpot kiosk technology will enable us to provide access to our pediatric experts in an efficient manner,” said Gil Peri, Nationwide Children’s vice president for Regional Development.  “The HealthSpot kiosk provides a high-definition video interaction along with medical device attachments all in a private setting.  We are looking forward to piloting the technology over the next six months.  If the initial pilot is successful, we will expand the technology to South and Central Ohio rural communities.”

About HealthSpot™
HealthSpot is pioneering patient and provider healthcare technology with a comprehensive, telehealth system called the HealthSpot Station, a private, walk-in medical kiosk that reinvents a visit to the doctor. Patients interact with board certified healthcare providers using high definition video conferencing and a suite of connected medical devices that stream biomedical information in real time. HealthSpot leverages technology to produce the highest quality, lowest cost healthcare appointment on the market today.

About Nationwide Children’s Hospital
Ranked 7th of only 12 children's hospitals on U.S.News & World Report’s 2012-13 “America’s Best Children’s Hospitals Honor Roll,” Nationwide Children’s Hospital is one of the nation’s largest not-for-profit freestanding pediatric healthcare networks providing wellness, preventive, diagnostic, treatment and rehabilitative care for infants, children, and adolescents, as well as adult patients with congenital disease. Nationwide Children’s, also ranked among the Top 10 on Parents magazine’s 2013 “Best Children’s Hospitals” list, completed the largest pediatric expansion construction project in United States history in June 2012, adding 2.1 million square feet of clinical, research and support facilities to total 5.3 million square feet on its main campus. A medical staff of 1,100, and 8,300 employees provide state-of-the-art pediatric care for one million patient visits annually. As home to the Department of Pediatrics of The Ohio State University College of Medicine, Nationwide Children’s Hospital physicians train the next generation of pediatricians and pediatric specialists. The Research Institute at Nationwide Children’s Hospital is one of the top 10 National Institutes of Health-funded freestanding pediatric research facilities. Nationwide Children’s remains true to the original mission since its founding in 1892 of providing care regardless of a family’s ability to pay. More information is available at NationwideChildrens.org.

HealthSpot™ Contact:
Caster Communications, Inc. 401-792-7080
Kimberly Lancaster klancaster@castercomm.com
Kelly Ahern kahern@castercomm.com

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